I just threw my 3-year-old her first birthday party that included other kids and I was perplexed about what to serve at a toddler birthday party!
With ages ranging from 6 months to 6 years, I had a big task of finding foods that were safe and appealed to everyone. If you are planning a party for little kids you’ll understand the dilemma: pleasing the pickiest eaters without serving 8739291 foods.
Today we look at all of the options for you toddler’s next birthday party!
Before we get into the food suggestions, here are some tips for making your toddlers birthday party special:
- Create a Memory Book: Compile party moments into a special book with photos and handprints.
- Outdoor Adventures: Plan outdoor activities like a treasure hunt or bubble play.
- Themed Decorations: Choose a theme reflecting your toddler’s interests.
- Personalized Cake: Opt for a cake featuring their favorite characters or interests.
- Virtual Wishes from Loved Ones: Gather video messages for a heartwarming touch.
- Create a “Birthday Interview”: Capture adorable answers on video for a time capsule.
- Incorporate Favorite Characters: Use decorations and favors related to their beloved characters.
- Involve Them in Planning: Let them pick decorations or choose the color scheme.
- Special Birthday Outfit: Dress them in a unique birthday outfit for added excitement.
- Family Traditions: Incorporate special family rituals or traditions into the celebration.
- Create a Time Capsule: Prepare a time capsule with small items from the day.
- Outdoor Movie Night: Set up an outdoor movie screening with blankets and popcorn.
- Customized Party Favors: Opt for personalized favors related to the theme or customized with their name.
- Involve Siblings and Friends: Include siblings or friends in planning surprise activities.
- Handwritten Letters: Collect handwritten letters from close ones for a keepsake book.
What to Serve at a Toddler’s Birthday Party
- Fruit Kabobs: Skewer bite-sized pieces of colorful fruits like strawberries, grapes, and melon. They’re not only visually appealing but also a healthy and refreshing choice.
- Cheese and Crackers: Create mini cheese and cracker platters with mild cheeses and toddler-friendly crackers. It’s a simple yet tasty option that kids can easily handle.
- Veggie Cups with Dip: Serve cut-up veggies like cherry tomatoes, cucumber, and carrot sticks in individual cups with a small portion of hummus or ranch dip.
- Berry Cups: I bought packs of individual serving size cups from the dollar store and filled them with sliced strawberries and blueberries. I put them on this princess castle stacker and they were all gone by the end of the party!
- Mini Pizzas: Prepare mini pizzas with a variety of toppings. Let the little ones customize their own, fostering a fun and interactive experience.
- Chicken Tenders: Crispy and bite-sized, chicken tenders are a toddler favorite. Offer a dipping sauce like ketchup or a mild barbecue sauce.
- Macaroni and Cheese Cups: Portion macaroni and cheese into mini cups for easy serving. It’s a comfort food that toddlers adore.
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches: Cut sandwiches into fun shapes using cookie cutters. Opt for nut-free alternatives if there are allergy concerns.
- Mini Grilled Cheese: Create adorable mini grilled cheese sandwiches. They’re easy to handle and always a hit with the little ones.
- Cupcakes: Decorate cupcakes with colorful frosting and sprinkles. Opt for a mix of flavors to cater to different preferences.
- Fruit Popsicles: Cool down the party with homemade fruit popsicles. Use pureed fruits or yogurt for a healthy and tasty treat.
- Mini Ice Cream Cones: Serve mini ice cream cones for a sweet ending. Include a variety of flavors and let the toddlers enjoy the miniature delights.
- Fruit Salad Cups: Create fruit salad cups with a mix of seasonal fruits. It’s a refreshing dessert option that adds a burst of natural sweetness.
Planning for allergies is crucial to ensure all little guests can enjoy the festivities. Be mindful of common allergens like nuts, dairy, and gluten. Consider labeling each dish with allergen information, and if possible, inquire about any specific dietary restrictions when inviting parents.
Tips for Allergy-Friendly Options:
- Nut-Free Alternatives: Opt for nut-free versions of popular treats or choose alternatives like sunflower seed butter.
- Dairy-Free Options: Explore dairy-free alternatives for items like cheese and ice cream. Many delicious substitutes are available that cater to various dietary needs.
- Gluten-Free Choices: Include gluten-free options for families with gluten sensitivities. This ensures everyone can indulge in the celebration without concerns.
I know that kids are picky eaters and it’s hard to accommodate everyone’s needs. Keeping it simple and remembering why everyone is getting together helps keep the focus on the birthday child.
What do you serve at parties?
Let me know below!